It is a fact that South Dakota has a shorter soybean growing season compared to our midwestern neighbors. It is also a fact that South Dakota has one of the shortest, and earliest legislative sessions in the country. While there may not be a correlation between the soybean growing season and the number of days we meet in Pierre codified anywhere in our laws, I have to think it is based on the notion that we get like to get a lot of work done in a short amount of time.
“The timing was incredibly poor.” This comment from Kevin Scott, farmer from the Valley Springs, S.D. area, nicely sums up all soybean and cotton farmers’ thoughts on the court ruling shutting down the use of dicamba herbicides – right at the height of the growing season.
As the property tax takes a larger share of their incomes — and at a time when many are hurting financially — South Dakota farmers and ranchers are pushing for reform of the state’s system of valuing and taxing their lands.
As voters head to the polls on November 6, one item may be causing a little déjà vu. Amendment W, an amendment that covers campaign finance reform and government accountability – among a whole host of other things, is a revised version of IM 22 originally voted on in 2016. Voters may remember that IM22 was overruled by the 2017 South Dakota legislature because of 15 different areas that were likely unconstitutional.
Farmers from across the country anxiously awaited Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue’s detailed aid package earlier this week. For South Dakota Soybean Association (SDSA) the announcement was met with appreciation, yet caution. The $1.65 per bushel payment outlined for 50 percent of soybean production was by far the highest payment for any commodity. Now, South Dakota soybean leaders, Brandon Wipf and Jerry Schmitz are focused on what comes next.
Trade has long been an important part of soybean farmer profitability in South Dakota. In fact, South Dakota is one of the top 10 soybean exporting states in the country, totaling $1.3 billion in soybean exports annually.
In response to the announcement of U.S. tariffs on Chinese imports, the American Soybean Association (ASA), the U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC) and the United Soybean Board (USB) release the following statements.
The South Dakota Soybean Association (SDSA) joins the American Soybean Association (ASA) in calling on President Trump to reconsider Chinese tariffs which have caused soybean markets to drop nearly 40 cents a bushel this morning.